Mr. Jacks Evergreens

Green Giant

Green Giant

The Green Giant has become one of the most desired landscape trees in the US, and for good reason. With a growth rate of 3-5 feet a year this has one of the fastest growth rates of any Arborvitae available for sale.

 

Cloaked in thick, soft, dark green foliage from top to bottom the Green Giant Arborvitae makes an almost instant privacy screen. Often used in commercial settings to block undesirable views, imagine what it will do for you to block nosy neighbors!

As its common name implies, this is a “giant” Arborvitae, growing up to 60 feet high with a 20 foot spread. The sprays of foliage begin at the base of the Arborvitae and extend slightly upward along the entire tree. The vibrant green coloring stays true all year, not even fading during the cold winter months. Spacing them at 15’ apart ensures a super thick screen very quickly.

Holly (Nelle Stevens)

The Nellie R Stevens is a holly tree that stay deep green all year, unlike other hedge trees that can brown out during either the summer heat or mild droughts. Plant 5-6 ft. apart for a living wall that gives you complete privacy. You control how they grow - whether naturally into a dense, pyramidal shape that matures at 15-25 ft. or pruned into a tall box hedge. They grow as much as 2 to 3 ft. per year without pruning. When they reach the height you want, just clip off the leader. This will slow them down and make them thicken out. These holly trees make perfect accents at the corners of your home, planting beds, or entryway. The dark green foliage makes a great contrast to surrounding trees and shrubs.

During the winter months, you will enjoy the red berries against the deep green foliage. Clip off some branches to decorate your home for the holidays.

 

This tree is a bird watchers delight, as its berries attract all kinds of wildlife and Unlike most holly varieties, these grow tall and stay deep green all year round. Nellie Stevens Holly Trees grow in sun or partial shade.

Holly (Emily Bruner)

The Emily Bruner is a hybrid holly has a bushy, pyramidal shape, classic glossy, dark green holly foliage and bright red berries. Its medium-sized green leaves have many small but prominent spines that are sharp to the touch. ‘Emily Bruner’ is a vigorous grower that resulted from a cross between Burford holly (Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii') and I. latifolia.

Hollies are dioecious, which means plants have either male or female flowers. Most berry producers, like ‘Emily Bruner’, are only female and need male plants nearby for pollination and subsequent fruit set. The male flowering selection, 'James Swan', nearby will ensure good fruit set as will the any male Chinese holly. The bright red fruits of this cultivar mature in fall and remain attractive into winter until they are slowly eaten by hungry birds. This holly accepts most well-drained soils but prefers slightly acid loam. It grows well in full or partial sun and will tolerate drought and summer heat well once established. Too much shade will induce leggy growth and sparse foliage. It is a fast growing, pest free plant that is perfect for tall hedges, large planters or mixed borders. Cut some of its classic holly branches for holiday decorating.

Magnolia (Little Gem)

The little Gems ornate 8 inch flowers are wide, white, creamy and last longer than any of its cousins. The Little Gem Magnolia is such an early bloomer, it will spend half the year showing off its impressive flowers with a sweet, enchanting fragrance that will delight. The Little Gem is near winter-proof and will actually exhibit growth during the cold season. When planting space is limited, this magnolia is the perfect choice as its narrowly columned form requires much less room than all other variations. Although nicknamed the dwarf, and considered by some a shrub, Little Gems stack up pretty well, at times reaching heights of more than 20 feet in just seven years.

The Little Gem is a much smaller and slower growing cultivar that typically grows as a compact upright multi-stemmed shrub or small tree to 20’ tall over the first 20 years. It features glossy green leaves (to 5” long) that are bronze-brown underneath. Leaves typically drop to the ground in spring as new foliage emerges. Fragrant white flowers (to 4” diameter) bloom in summer.

Emerald Green 

The Emerald Green Arborvitae also known as Emerald Green Thuja is a fast-growing, hardy arborvitae.  At just 3 to 4 feet wide, they make a great, fast growing privacy screen without using up a lot of your yard. These also make an excellent wind-break or foundation plant.
 
Once the Emerald Green Arborvitae is established, you won’t have to even water this fast-growing cedar.  You’ll see a foot of growth each year that will only slow when it’s 10 - 15 feet tall. No need for pruning as even when it reaches its maximum dimensions, it will maintain its tight form.
 
If you decide to trim the Emerald Green, save a few sprigs to place around the house.  The citrus-like evergreen scent will lend a fresh bouquet to the ambience of your home.

Cryptomeria

The Yoshino  is fast-growing evergreen that can handle poor soil and yet grow fast, choose the Yoshino Japanese Cryptomeria and you won’t be disappointed. Whether you want a specimen for a focal point, a matching pair to flank your doorway or an attractive belt of evergreen screening, this tree fits the bill.

Yoshino is faster growing than most Japanese cedar varieties, which makes it a good choice if you’re looking to plant a screen. A row of these trees will quickly form an attractive but effective barrier to anyone overlooking your garden. It’s dense enough that a well-situated line of them makes for a good windbreak, too, so if you want to tame a breezy spot around your home Yoshino is a good choice. Most gardeners, however, use it as a specimen tree and with its imposing size and appealing looks it’s a natural in that role.

​The unusual foliage texture is what immediately attracts closer inspection.   The color is a refreshing light forest green.  The parent tree, the Cryptomeria japonica, turns a dark bronze/purple color in the winter and has large spaces between the whorls of branches.

Holly (Mary Nell)

The Mary Nell holly is a true Southern Belle, a female holly bred in Semmes, Alabama, USA. It is only just now coming into broader availability and is a superb evergreen grown as a small tree (to 20 feet) or pruned as a hedge. Mary Nell holly has some of the prettiest foliage of any holly, which is saying quite a lot. The word shiny doesn't quite convey the beauty of these leaves, because there is a deeper tone than is found on most holly foliage. And these lustrous leaves maintain their attractiveness year-round. This holly also has a natural, pyramidal form, handsome enough to be a specimen tree. If Mary Nell holly had no other characteristics these would be enough to recommend it. But of course, being a holly, Mary Nell produces berries, or drupes, in plenty. In late autumn the branches are smothered in bright scarlet fruit that contrast strikingly with the deep colored foliage. And, best of all, these berries persist into winter. It stands up well to heat and humidity and heavy sun and does best with a moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil.

Leyland Cypress 

The Leyland Cypress is noted for its slender shape, and has found wide popularity over a large range of the United States. It grows well in a wide variety of soil and climate conditions and makes an excellent wind break as it provides a dense barrier with good color all 12 months of the year. This sterile hybrid is produced in great numbers for use in Christmas tree plantations, in windbreaks and along boundary lines.  It also beautifies the landscape around homes, across campuses and in parks. Very fast growth, up to 3 feet per year in youth makes a quick solution to problem views or lack of privacy, though best reserved for estates or large commercial sites and tolerant of most soils.

 

Fifty feet may be an average height for untrimmed Leyland cypresses, but do not be surprised if yours grows much higher or much shorter than that. Taller than they are wide, the spread of this columnar tree is commonly only 1/3 or 1/4 of the height (sometimes less). They will give you that fast growth, but you will pay for it in terms of maintenance.

Magnolia (Southern)

The Southern Magnolia has polished evergreen foliage and an inescapable perfume, this is one of the most breathtaking native trees for Southern landscapes. It will readily adapt to most soils, moisture fluctuations and light conditions, though it prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soil and plenty of sun. The Southern Magnolia Tree will provide you with excellent performance without a lot of fuss.  It will readily adapt to most soils, and is tolerant of moisture fluctuations and even a variety of light conditions.

Pest problems are virtually non-existent with this tree, so you won’t have to worry about costly products or spending your time on application.

It should be planted where lowest branches can grow to the ground because it is difficult to grow anything underneath.

In late spring, the trees produce large, cup-shaped flowers, 30 cm (12 inches) across.  The flowers give off a sweet lemony scent.  Growing from thick stems all over the tree, the flowers have delicate waxy, white petals that bruise easily. 

Bald Cypress

Although many conifers are evergreen, bald cypress trees are deciduous conifers that shed their needle-like leaves in the fall. In fact, they get the name “bald” cypress because they drop their leaves so early in the season. Their fall colors are tan, cinnamon, and fiery orange. The bark is brown or gray with a stringy texture. Young trees have pyramidal (pyramid-shaped) crowns, but these even off to a columnar shape in adulthood.  Growing up to 120 feet tall with a trunk 3 to 6 feet in diameter, bald cypresses are frequently referred to as giants! They can’t quite compare to their redwood relatives, though, which reach over 300 feet in height

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